Dr. Seuss on the Loose!
Published on Friday, February 14, 2014 - 9:46am
Would you, could you celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with us? The Cat in the Hat will be at the Deanwood Library along with his two mischievous friends on Wednesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Fun facts about the creator of The Cat in the Hat:
- Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.
- He combined "Dr." and "Seuss, " his middle name and his mother's maiden name to create the pen name "Dr. Seuss."
- "Dr" in his pen name was a homage to his father. His father wanted Theodor to get his Ph.D. but he dropped out of the Ph.D. program at Oxford.
- Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904.
- His first children's story was And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. This story was rejected 27 times before it was published in 1937.
- Theodor used many pen names including Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Theophrasutus Seuss.
- He was an author, illustrator, cartoonist, animator, book publisher and artist.
- He was the first author to used the word "nerds" in If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950.
- There are only 50 different words used in Green Eggs and Ham.
- He used a vocabulary of 236 distinct words in the book The Cat in the Hat.
- Theodor Geisel's most popular/famous books are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Fox in Socks and Horton Hears A Who!
- The books of Dr. Seuss sold over 222 million copies and have been translated into 15 languages.
- The Grinch waited 53 years to put a stop to Christmas in How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Can you read these books with your eyes shut?
- And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Cat in the Hat
- If I Ran the Zoo
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Fox in Socks
- Horton Hears A Who!
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
For more books, check out catalog.dclibrary.org.